Google recently reported in their Webmaster Central Blog that in August 2010, they have adjusted their search algorithm “will make it much easier for users to find a large number of results from a single site.” Basically this means that keywords entered into the search engine that are very domain specific will list more results from the domain Google feels the searcher is looking for. This change will clearly benefit larger websites with a high PageRank and domain-specific names. More links to this site will show up on the first page. This also means that smaller sites with relevant content on the search terms will be pushed further down and in many situations, onto the second and third page of search results.
I admit, I do play FarmVille from time to time. Interestingly, the more I play the farm management game, the more I see resemblance to my real-life career as a network administrator. The joy of starting a small network often times into a nightmare and headache if you do not manage your infrastructure for growth.Â To give you an idea of what I mean, read the following FarmVille story and interchange the farming words with networking terms:
The single most important part of a businesses data infrastructure is the network. Stability in a network significantly increases with the introduction of adding telephony functions over an IP network. A network infrastructure includes physical medium in the form of copper wiring, fiber optics and wireless signals. The infrastructure also includes the equipment used to transport frames and packets from source to destination. This equipment includes routers, switches, wireless access points and server/site load balancing equipment. In addition, most businesses require security devices positioned within the network to help to secure transport and help to prevent malicious behavior. This hardware commonly includes firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and access control systems.
When it comes to network hardware vendors, the number one player in the game today is Cisco Systems. If anyone has ever received quotes for Cisco equipment, the hardware and support contracts are sometimes surprisingly high. This may not be an issue if you work for an organization with deep pockets. I’ve worked in environments that installed high-end switches in the access layer that could have been used in the core of the network. For this organization, the cost of the site being down far even a few minutes outweighed the cost of the Cisco equipment. It simply made sense to pay top dollar to pay for the high-availability and low mean time between failure (MTBF).
Google Trends made a big splash back in early 2009 when the H1N1 “Swine Flu” virus began. The tool was used as a barometer to watch for people searching for symptoms of the illness.
It seems like just about everyone I know writes a blog these days. As most of us know, some blogs are better than others and various methods are used by search engines to differentiate between mediocre and quality content about a particular subject.
The older I get, the more I observe that our lives are based on a series of never-ending cycles. The moon orbits the Earth, which orbits the sun, which orbits the galaxy.
When I think of the word “wave” it congers up images of white sand and clear, turquoise waters of beaches in the Caribbean or the Gulf of Thailand. Google decided to use the word as the name of their newly-failed application suite. Recent news from Google Inc. stated that they will pull the plug on their Wave application. Wave, an online application suite was a collection of tools used for “online collaboration”. It was supposed to solve various problems when multiple people were working on a project and brainstorming ideas, concepts and other group related tasks. With so many hands stirring the pot of most business projects, Wave was an attempt to simplify collaboration efforts.
The debate over 4G technologies has been going on for years. In the USA and Much of Europe, it would seem that Long Term Evolution (LTE) has the upper hand and will likely be more popular in that part of the world. In the United States, Clearwire has a large WiMAX network covering 69 markets. However, just this week, the company began testing LTE signals. The company will likely make a shift in the next few years from WiMAX to LTE because this is the technology that the other wireless carriers are likely to adopt. Another seemingly large blow to WiMAX was when Cisco recently reported that they will be exiting the WiMAX market they entered back in 2007 with the acquisition of Navini Networks.